Daily Devotion Monday, 05 December 2016
The gospel of sonship
The gospel of sonship is the primary message of the Scriptures. Paul often referred to this gospel as ‘the mystery of Christ’. He was referring to the mystery of how sons of men can be born as sons of God, and then have the substance of Christ’s life and sonship formed within them. Paul said that this mystery had been hidden from previous generations. Even though the Old Testament saints had the promise of sonship by adoption, they did not yet possess the divine nature in their flesh as the fulfilment of this promise. The mystery of Christ dwelling in the heart of man had not yet been revealed to them.
Paul rejoiced that God now wanted this mystery to be fully proclaimed and known among all Gentile nations. He declared that the mystery is ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’. We have been predestined to become sons of God who will forever reveal the glory of the Father. When we become the sons whom the Father has named us to be, the glory of our sonship demonstrates that He is our Father, and magnifies His glory as our Father. The manifestation of the glory of a great multitude of sons is to ‘the praise of the Father’s glory’. Paul preached this gospel of sonship in every place. This word was to become the foundation and basis upon which his hearers would receive faith to become sons of God.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wrote concerning the gospel of sonship so that all believers would be greatly encouraged, knit together in love, and would possess the wealth that comes from having a true knowledge of the mystery of Christ. In short, he wanted every believer to have a full assurance of understanding about their salvation as a son of God.
|Col 4:3 Eph 3:5 Col 1:26-27 Rom 16:26 Eph 1:6, 12|
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